Washington: Afghanistan based US forces hit Islamic State forces in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday with a 22,000-pound bomb, the Pentagon said. This was the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in a military combat.
Usually, the bombs dropped by US aircraft weigh 250 to 2,000 pounds. This bomb, the GBU-43, is one of the largest airdropped munitions in the U.S. military’s inventory and was almost used during the opening salvos of the Iraq War in 2003, said Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. He added that, GBU-43 was “the right munition” to use against the Islamic State since it uses roadside bombs, bunkers and tunnels.
“U.S. Forces took every precaution to avoid civilian casualties with this strike,” said a Pentagon statement.
President Trump has praised the US military. He said it is the “greatest” in the world. “We have given them total authorization, and that’s what they’re doing, and frankly that’s why they’ve been so successful lately,” he said.
The bomb marked the second time in a week that the Pentagon has launched a high-profile strike. Last Thursday, the military targeted a Syrian airfield as retaliation for a chemical attack by President Bashar Assad that killed scores of civilians.